James Wickersham (1857-1939) was a District Court Judge in the Territory of Alaska and three-time non-voting representative from the Territory to Congress. He was a statesman, an author, a mountain climber, an historian and a scholar, at home on the bench, behind a dog sled team or in the halls of Congress. He was also the first jurist to recognize the rights of Alaska’s Native peoples. For more information on one of Alaska’s most important historical figures, see the State of Alaska website or read Evangeline Atwood’s Frontier Politics.
He was also honest and incorruptible, in contrast to the judges that preceded him and far too many politicians in Alaska today. Since 2008, this blog has tried to carry Judge Wickersham’s conscience and inquiring spirit into 21st Century Alaska.
The author of most of the blog posts here at Wickersham’s Conscience is an unsuccessfully retired Alaska attorney, nature photographer, would-be geologist and fly fisherman. After living in Alaska for more than 60 years, he relocated to Idaho in 2015. Leaving Alaska hasn’t stopped him from writing about Alaska. Even though he is a recent arrival in Idaho, that hasn’t stopped him from writing about Idaho.
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